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Belgians thwart car attack day after terror strikes London

BRUSSELS — Belgian authorities have raised security in the port of Antwerp after a car with French license plates drove at high speed through a busy shopping street, forcing pedestrians to jump out of the way.

The federal prosecutor s office said the car was intercepted late Thursday morning at the port docks and a Frenchman living in France was arrested. Authorities then raised security in the center of town, in places where people normally gather. In the car, authorities said they found knives, a shotgun and a gas can with an unknown liquid.

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It looked very similar to the attack outside the British Parliament[1] the previous day, in which a still-unidentified attacker drove an SUV down a crowded sidewalk before getting out and fatally stabbing a police officer. Two civilians, including an American man[2], were killed on the sidewalk of Westminster Bridge in that attack. Neither Belgian nor British officials drew any immediate link between

The federal prosecutor named the driver as Mohamed R., born May 8, 1977.

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Pedestrians along the route were in danger on several occasions, the prosecutor said in a statement. When soldiers tried to intercept the vehicle, it sped off. A little later, the rapid reaction team of the Antwerp managed to intercept the vehicle and capture the driver. Prime Minister Charles Michel said we remain vigilant. Our security services have done excellent work.

The events happened a day after the nation held remembrance services for the Brussels airport and subway attacks[3], which killed 32 people on March 22, 2016.

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  1. ^ attack outside the British Parliament (www.cbsnews.com)
  2. ^ including an American man (www.cbsnews.com)
  3. ^ remembrance services for the Brussels airport and subway attacks (www.cbsnews.com)

UK Terror Attack Hits London Eye Owner, Lifts Security Firm

Merlin Entertainments Plc[1] shares weakened and G4S Plc[2] rose as investors weigh a possible softening in London tourism and a likely increase in demand for private security after Wednesday s terror attack on the U.K. capital.

Shares of Merlin[3], the operator of attractions including the London Eye Ferris wheel and Madame Tussaud s waxworks, are down almost 3 percent since the incident in which five people were killed. Analysts at Peel Hunt on Thursday cut their target price to 450 pence from 510 pence, citing concern about weakening tourist visits.

We now believe there is a risk that tourism in London will fall, particularly visits from families, Peel Hunt analyst Ivor Jones wrote in a note. That could hurt profits, he said, adding that the U.K. accounts for about a third of group sales.

G4S Plc[4], which derives about 20 percent of sales from within the U.K., mainly employing security guards, traded as much as 3.3 percent higher in London. Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday restated a commitment to spend an additional 2.5 billion pounds ($3.1 billion) on building the U.K. s counter-terrorism and intelligence units.

Subdued Outlook

If tourism falls in response to the attack, it could also threaten U.K. spending on luxury goods and entertainment, which has been bolstered by rising visitor numbers as travelers took advantage of the Brexit-weakened pound and shifted from destinations like France in the wake of a series of incidents there. Handbag-maker Hermes International[5] SCA said this week that Chinese and other tourists were favoring the U.K. and Italy[6] for their European vacations, with spending at London and Rome boutiques compensating for continued softness in its domestic market of France. The most important business stories of the day.

Get Bloomberg’s daily newsletter. Trenchcoat maker Burberry Group Plc[7] and other luxury-goods providers have also benefited from tourists taking advantage of favorable exchange rates. Watchmaker Longines has seen crazy and very positive growth in the U.K., President Walter von Kaenel said this week, with sales up by double-digit percentages in the first two months of the year. The company, part of Swatch Group AG, said it saw room to raise prices further in the country.

Merlin[8] warned of the threat of terrorism this month when it issued a subdued financial outlook. Guests on the London Eye and other attractions in the immediate vicinity of the attack were held for a period of about two hours on Wednesday to ensure their safety, the company said in a statement. The safety and security of our staff and guests is always our number one priority, it said. Merlin also runs tourist attractions in recent targets Berlin, Istanbul and Munich.

References

  1. ^ Company Overview (www.bloomberg.com)
  2. ^ Company Overview (www.bloomberg.com)
  3. ^ Company Overview (www.bloomberg.com)
  4. ^ Company Overview (www.bloomberg.com)
  5. ^ Company Overview (www.bloomberg.com)
  6. ^ Tourists in U.K., Italy Boost Hermes as Luxury Goods Rebound (2) (www.bloomberg.com)
  7. ^ Company Overview (www.bloomberg.com)
  8. ^ Company Overview (www.bloomberg.com)